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May 23, 2012 2:45 AM MYT
Wörthersee Stadion — Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
Referee:‬ H. Lechner‎
Attendance:‬ 734‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Poland 1-0 Latvia

In the first of three warm-up games before the start of Euro 2012, the tournament co-hosts picked up a narrow victory thanks to a late goal from Artur Sobiech

By Michal Zachodny

  • Lukasz Fabianski
    25
    1

    Lukasz Fabianski

    Had a very busy first half as Rudnevs found space and caused him trouble. Almost lost the ball once but saved everything that was thrown at him by Latvia.

  • Grzegorz Wojtkowiak
    6
    2

    Grzegorz Wojtkowiak

    Beaten on two occasions early on, giving too much time on the ball to the opposition. Rarely joined attacks throughout the 90 minutes.

  • Marcin Wasilewski
    10
    1

    Marcin Wasilewski

    Stood strong all game and won the majority of headers. Should have scored one at the other end just before the break but his effort struck the post.

  • Sebastian Boenisch
    9
    2

    Sebastian Boenisch

    Rarely got forward in the first half, focusing on the defensive part of his role. Saw a header go just wide in the second half, but was also beaten in a few challenges.

  • Tomasz Jodlowiec
    6
    5

    Tomasz Jodlowiec

    Started the game in a nervous manner, losing Rudnevs and allowing him far too much space in Poland's box on at least two occasions, but grew in confidence with time.

  • Adrian Mierzejewski
    6
    4

    Adrian Mierzejewski

    Rarely influenced the game in the way he is expected to. Had two decent shots on goal but should have done better when allowed space in front of Latvia's goal.

  • Eugen Polanski
    7
    1

    Eugen Polanski

    The Mainz midfielder went missing for large spells of the game, but when he got involved he proved influential and won several important duels in the middle of the pitch.

  • Kamil Grosicki
    12
    1

    Kamil Grosicki

    Was largely anonymous in the opening stages, but woke up towards the end of the first half when he caused problems with his runs on the wing. Wasted a clear opportunity at the start of the second half, but produced a decent cross for Sobiech's winner.

  • Rafael Murawski
    8
    0

    Rafael Murawski

    Poland's captain was very active and was always looking for the ball. Played a few important passes and also had a good effort from 30 yards just before the break.

  • Rafal Wolski
    12
    0

    Rafal Wolski

    Showed promising signs on his debut and was very calm on the ball. Produced excellent technique but should have scored from an easy one-on-one against Dorosevs.

  • Paweł Brożek
    8
    6

    Paweł Brożek

    Played mostly with his back to goal, but when running beyond was caught offside too many times. Failed to cause any problems in the final third.

Substitutions

  • Marcin Kamiński
    5
    3

    Marcin Kamiński

    Had nothing to do for the 30 minutes he was given by Smuda and only once made mistake from which Fabianski recovered very well.

  • Jakub Wawrzyniak
    5
    3

    Jakub Wawrzyniak

    Probably should have scored as he was given time to head freely in Latvia's six yard box, but missed the target.

  • Adam Matuszczyk
    2
    7

    Adam Matuszczyk

    Despite being given the second half to prove himself, he lost possession on too many occasions and never found his place on the pitch.

  • Artur Sobiech
    17
    0

    Artur Sobiech

    In his half-hour spell, he only showed his value few times but it was enough to give his team a lead with a firm header 10 minutes from time.

  • Michal Kucharczyk
    5
    3

    Michal Kucharczyk

    His controversial call-up for the initial squad was not backed by tonight's largely poor performance ,as he failed to convince Smuda.

  • Pavels Dorosevs
    5
    0

    Pavels Dorosevs

    Did well to save low to his right early in the game, then denied Wolski in a one-on-one situation. Could do nothing with Sobiech's goal.

  • Deniss Ivanovs
    0
    2

    Deniss Ivanovs

    Cautioned for a silly handball in the second half, though his overall performance was calm, assured and composed.

  • Kaspars Gorkss
    1
    1

    Kaspars Gorkss

    Committed a few unnecessary fouls in his area and he also looked lost at Poland's set pieces.

  • Oskars Klava
    1
    1

    Oskars Klava

    Operated well in the back four, while he could have scored with a nice header following a corner.

  • Aleksandrs Cauna
    2
    1

    Aleksandrs Cauna

    He looked for space in the middle in front of Poland's defence and found it, quickly taking advantage and testing Fabianski well from distance with strong efforts.

  • Aleksandrs Fertovs
    2
    1

    Aleksandrs Fertovs

    Had several clashes with Murawski but left too much space in front of Latvia's back four and made it easier for his rivals with few efforts.

  • Ivans Lukjanovs
    1
    2

    Ivans Lukjanovs

    Sent two good crosses early on, then lost his physical battle with Wojtkowiak. Should have scored in the second half but took his touch too heavy and only dived miserably.

  • Oļegs Laizāns
    3
    1

    Oļegs Laizāns

    Operated well defensively, although he was booked at the end of the first half. Accurate passer, though he did not create anything of note.

  • Ritvars Rugins
    1
    2

    Ritvars Rugins

    He pressed really well, causing Murawski and Polanski a few problems, though his distribution was far from the international level.

  • Artjoms Rudņevs
    10
    1

    Artjoms Rudņevs

    The striker was dangerous from the start and probably should have scored from Jodłowiec's mistake. Faded away as the game progressed though.

  • Aleksejs Visnakovs
    1
    1

    Aleksejs Visnakovs

    Had a really poor game and made some silly mistakes on the ball, giving away possession several times.

Substitutions

  • Andrejs Pereplotkins
    1
    1

    Andrejs Pereplotkins

    Had no chance during his short time on the pitch as Latvia failed to level the score.

  • Edgar Gauracs
    1
    1

    Edgar Gauracs

    Came on as a late sub.

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